There are currently no veterinary schools in Liberia. As a result, the West African country lacks trained professional local paravets and veterinarians.
In 2019, the Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society (LAWCS) entered into a partnership with a German animal protection organisation, WTS Vets United Programme. Together, they are empowering animal science students and instructors of Lofa County Community College and Cuttington University in animal welfare and health programme through theoretical and regular hands-on field practice.
The programme builds the capacity of the students in animal welfare and basic veterinary skills and knowledge. 25 university students have graduated from the programme and over 80 students from the two institutions of higher learning are still undergoing the programme.
Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society was set up by Morris Darbo, who believes that education is the key to changing people behaviour and attitudes toward animals.
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